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PHOTOS: Whales surfacing off the Cornish coast

PHOTOS: Whales surfacing off the Cornish coast

Published by Emma Carton at 8:50am 23rd August 2018.

Whales have been spotted surfacing during a 'feeding frenzy' off the Cornish coast.

Marine Discovery Penzance had several calls to report sightings of pilot whales off the coast.

The team believes one of four large animals they saw through the mist on Tuesday could have been a pilot.

While they did not get a photo, they did manage to snap a minke whale, as well as common dolphins, seals and sea birds.

They think they might have spotted a sei whale too, describing it as one of their best days of 2018 so far!

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A minke whale surfaces during a 'feeding frenzy' off the coast of west Cornwall

"We had a phone call first thing and another at lunch time from two separate people saying they had seen pilot whales further south so we set out full of hope - pilot whales are one species we have been longing to encounter for many years.

"On the way out we saw lots of porpoises and common dolphins but as we headed south the fog descended once more - frustrating!

"However we did see one surface of four large animals in the mist, side by side which could only have been the pilot whales. Very exciting!

"As we motored back inshore (there was no wind) was saw lots more common dolphins feeding with Manx shearwaters, gannets, storm petrels and common terns.

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Marine Discovery Penzance managed to catch the amazing creatures on camera after reports of pilot whales spotted in the area

"As we watched those... whoosh! A minke whale surfaced nearby so we tracked that westwards and found ourselves watching a proper feeding frenzy, with common dolphins, seabirds and two whales surfacing repeatedly.

"One of the whales we were fairly certain was a sei whale, based on its surfacing pattern and the size and shape of the blow.

"An awesome afternoon and we were very late back!"

Marine Discovery Penzance

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